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MSc - Community wellbeing in disaster and development

Main organization(s): Northumbria University


MSc or Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Community Wellbeing in Disaster and Development


This course leads to the awards of MSc or Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Community Wellbeing in Disaster and Development. It will provide teaching and learning in community wellbeing based on empirical evidence from community experiences around the world, using both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches. It has been developed to reflect the increased demand in wellbeing from the academic, policy and practitioner circles around the world, and provides insight into the theories, concepts and practice underlying the discourse on community wellbeing in disaster and development.

A multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme, combining geographical, sociological and anthropological analysis of the concepts of community wellbeing, with insights from indigenous and western alternative knowledge systems. This MSc programme promotes diversity of intake – in terms of experience, qualifications and interests – to encourage the exchange of knowledge and learning, in a friendly and supportive learning environment. Most modules are also available individually as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Programme Aims

The aims of this programme are to provide teaching and learning on what constitutes wellbeing in the context of disaster and development. It also considers and evaluates those methodologies for enhancing community wellbeing drawn from evidence and experience around the world. The programme will provide opportunities for learners to progress their skills development, technical capacity and research interests relevant to the challenges now occurring in the world of disaster, conflict and development.

The programme comprises six modules taken over a two-semester structure, followed by a dissertation. Assessment comprises a mixture of course work, group presentations, reflective journaling, report writing and the dissertation. Click here to view the programme structure. Please note that module information can be found on the MSc Community Wellbeing in Disaster and Development pdf document, under related links on the right hand side of this page.

Target audience

Professionals working in disaster, conflict and development policy and practice for whom the discourse of wellbeing is becoming increasingly relevant. Also for professionals who would like to deepen their understanding of community wellbeing from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective with a strong policy and practice focus.

If you are working in the field of development, humanitarian assistance, community development, teaching or any other caring profession, this course would deepen your understanding of wellbeing.

Recent graduates who are interested in disaster, conflict and development affected communities and in international issues, and who are seeking a deeper conceptual, practical and ethical understanding of the discourse on community wellbeing.

If you want to work with people, care for disaster, conflict and development affected communities, this postgraduate programme would provide you the platform to become an effective professional in policy and practice.

Admission Requirement

This course encourages diversity of intake in terms of experience, interests and qualifications to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experiences. We welcome applications from those who have one of the following:

- A first degree (upper second class or higher or international equivalent) in a social science
subject, e.g. sociology, geography, social work, psychology, health and environment
Appropriate work experience in the field of community wellbeing, (at least five years
experience with field level training).
- Applicants should have a good command of English, oral and written. If you are an overseas applicant, you should be able to demonstrate competence in the English language to a level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.



Geographical coverage



21 Sep 2009 - 20 Jul 2010

Application procedure

Please apply online here


See the Tuition Fees and Scholarships page here


Disaster and Development Centre
Janaka Jayawickrama
Northumbria University
School of Applied Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0) 191 227 4549

Last updated

04 May 2009

  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) United Kingdom (Newcastle)
  • Language English

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